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1. It is morally good to do stuff that you would like others to do to you or that you would do to your nearest and dearest. You can be prosecuted for failing to render obvious assistance to someone in immediate danger. Problem with human rights legislation is that everyone's right is someone else's duty, which is why the EU is a Bad Thing. But whilst helping the obvious acute case is morally good, not intentionally seeking out people in distress is not morally bad because we quickly run into questions of judgement: what do we mean by "better off"? I have two televisions and a crippling mortgage, you have no TV but own your house: who pays whom?
Nice guy, but the problems aren't particularly difficult.
The difference between us seems to be that you are convinced there is, must be or should be a universal goal to which all actions should be directed, but I evaluate every action in terms of its first or second order effect on other living things i.e. the living environment "as is".
But you are presuming that a universal morality could or should exist, and that whatever you determine the goal to be, should be equally and totally acceptable to every living or dead thing that ever existed. That's a fine Buddhist attitude, but nothing that would please a malaria parasite, would please me.
Imagine that you are an AGI that exists thousands of years from now. Between human and mosquito, which one do you think is most likely to bring you into existence?
Quote from: hamdani yusuf on 04/04/2021 09:15:37Imagine that you are an AGI that exists thousands of years from now. Between human and mosquito, which one do you think is most likely to bring you into existence?Which one gave birth to Pol Pot, or voted for Donald Trump?
Cosmically, the extinction of humanity is of no consequence.
Cosmically, the extinction of humanity is of no consequence. Complex water-based organic chemistry is rare in the universe but other species have come and gone, and mosquitoes have been around a lot longer than homo sapiens.
The question is whether you would have liked to live in Cambodia under Pol Pot, or Trump's USA, or whether you would have suggested your nearest and dearest would have enjoyed the experience. If not, then they were immoral.
This is possibly because humans, on Earth, are the first intelligent species in the entire Universe.